Tom Starling

I am currently working on transformation projects with other UK councils.

Age: 23

University: BA in Philosophy and Politics, University of Reading, with 6 months abroad in the University of Rhode Island

My first placement was within iESE, a not-for-profit consultancy that specialised in public sector transformations, where I worked within other local councils on a variety of projects, including a Disabled Facilities Grant review and a Support Services Review. It was particularly interesting to get a first-hand experience of other councils and their processes, and the transformation and project management skills I learned with iESE are being put to good use in my second placement!

I’m currently placed within the Adults Phase 3 Transformation team, supporting on the purchasing review in OPPD (Older People and Physical Disabilities). In the first few weeks I’ve been heavily involved in organising and helping to running an study involving over a hundred participants, designed to determine the amount and type of purchasing activity that is undertaken by various roles within OPPD and care teams. I’m looking forward to getting further involved in the transformation work and having a positive impact at KCC.

Why did you apply for the Kent Graduate Programme - Management Stream?

The Kent Graduate Programme really appealed to me due to the opportunity to experience a series of placements in 4 different areas within the council over the 2 year programme. I knew before I applied that I was interested in working either in local government or in a charity, and the fantastic breadth of experiences KCC offered really sold the scheme to me. Not only does the scheme provide the potential for varied experiences, it is paired with a robust personal development scheme one day a week, where the graduate cohort work together on a project and also receive further training and development.

Current placement:

On placement in Your Life Your Wellbeing Transformation Programme.

You should apply if you are:

  • passionate about local government work
  • looking for a scheme with fantastic opportunities for progression and personal development.